Budding young lawyers experienced a taste of court room drama during Carey Olsen’s new interactive work experience week, ‘Legal Activity Week’ (CO LAW).
The firm has launched the community initiative as part of its commitment to giving students a greater understanding of the legal profession. The week involved a variety of activities designed to present the students with a range of experiences that are commonplace when working in law.
The students agreed that the ‘mooting competition’ was a highlight. The AS level students were asked to research and prepare a legal argument and then present to the opposing counsel. Carey Olsen chairman, Advocate John Kelleher, judged the debate. Described by students as “nerve-wracking, hard work and rewarding”, the competition gave them a sense of how a hearing could develop and the preparation required.
Students were involved in a range of other activities throughout the week including participating in interactive presentations from business leaders and lawyers who are experts in their chosen field, receiving career guidance from highly experienced lawyers and HR professionals and accompanying advocates to the Jersey courts for a tour and to observe cases.
Robert Winspear, a student at Victoria College hoping to study law at a London university, was impressed with the scheme.
He said: “The CO LAW scheme was better than I imagined and delivered everything I could have asked for from work experience. It was entertaining, rewarding and we received valuable advice on the university application process, life after university and finding a job in the legal profession. It really was outstanding.”
Connor Denton, a student at Hautlieu School plans to do a law conversion course after studying forensic linguistics at university, said: “The scheme was constructive, informative and nothing like your typical work experience. We were fortunate to have so much interaction with the senior lawyers who all gave us their contact details and involved us as much as they could in their day-to-day tasks. They were honest with us about working in the legal profession which I know we all found extremely beneficial.”
Advocate Kelleher said: “The CO LAW initiative is geared towards helping aspiring lawyers to develop their confidence and knowledge in the legal industry by offering them as realistic an insight as possible.
“The students all have fantastic aspirations and it’s exciting for Carey Olsen to experience first-hand the next generation of talent that will be working in the legal sector and offer our help and guidance. We are very glad to have been able to provide this new opportunity to Jersey students and we hope that we can continue to provide it in years to come.”
The scheme ran from Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August and was aimed at students who had just completed their AS Levels or equivalent. Six students were selected from schools around the island.
Further information on the application process for CO LAW 2014 and other student schemes will be available on Carey Olsen’s website from December 2013 www.careyolsen.com.